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  • Date:02 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Craig (75) Haber (90)

Live Commentary


Marcus Haber grabs a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 2-0 Hibernian.Peter Enckelman provided the assist for the goal.


Colin Nish concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Craig. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.


John Rankin handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.


Corner from the left by-line taken by John Rankin, Shot on goal by Kevin McBride from just inside the area goes over the target.


Header on goal by Liam Craig from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.


Sam Parkin leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Haber.


Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Grainger, Liam Craig finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. St Johnstone 1-0 Hibernian.Assist by Daniel Grainger.


Effort on goal by Derek Riordan from just inside the area clears the bar.


Colin Nish challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.


Corner taken right-footed by David Wotherspoon, clearance by Michael Duberry.


Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Liam Craig goes harmlessly over the crossbar.


Unfair challenge on Souleymane Bamba by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Mark Brown takes the direct free kick.


Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, save made by Mark Brown.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Souleymane Bamba on Andrew Jackson. Booking for Souleymane Bamba for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Derek Riordan. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.


Andrew Jackson comes on in place of Collin Samuel. Jennison Myrie-Williams leaves the field to be replaced by Liam Craig.


Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Souleymane Bamba makes a clearance.


A cross is delivered by Chris Millar, Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a shot. Blocked by Francis Dickoh.


Unfair challenge on David MacKay by Souleymane Bamba results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Michael Hart.


Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by David Wotherspoon.


Derek Riordan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Duberry on Derek Riordan. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Derek Riordan, save made by Peter Enckelman.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Hart. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.


Daniel Grainger takes a corner.


The ball is sent over by Chris Millar, Sam Parkin has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.


Daniel Grainger sends in a cross, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.


Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Header from close in by Sam Parkin misses to the left of the goal.


Colin Nish is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.


Derek Riordan takes a shot.


Sam Parkin takes a shot. Mark Brown makes a fantastic save.


Chris Millar produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.


David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.


Jonathan Grounds fouled by Jennison Myrie-Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Souleymane Bamba takes the direct free kick.


Sam Parkin fouled by Jonathan Grounds, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger, Michael Duberry takes a shot. Fantastic save by Mark Brown.


Jonathan Grounds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Parkin. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger, Michael Duberry takes a shot. Save made by Mark Brown.


Foul by Sam Parkin on Francis Dickoh, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Francis Dickoh.


Headed effort from inside the area by Colin Nish misses to the left of the target.


Murray Davidson has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.


Free kick awarded for a foul by John Rankin on Murray Davidson. Free kick taken by David MacKay.


Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.


Foul by Jonathan Grounds on Collin Samuel, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.


The ball is swung over by Collin Samuel, clearance by Kevin McBride.


Foul by Francis Dickoh on Sam Parkin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jody Morris.


Effort from outside the penalty box by David Wotherspoon goes wide right of the target.


The ball is swung over by Michael Hart, clearance made by Alan Maybury.


Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Rankin. John Rankin shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Kevin McBride.


Jennison Myrie-Williams produces a cross, save by Mark Brown.


Jody Morris produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.


The ball is delivered by Liam Miller, Derek Riordan has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.


The ball is delivered by Alan Maybury, save made by Mark Brown.


Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Colin Nish results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jody Morris.

The match gets underway.

The ref blows to signal half-time.

The game restarts for the second half.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

Match Preview

McInnes calls for positive response Derek McInnes is focusing solely on his team ahead of their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against fellow strugglers Hibernian at McDiarmid Park. With only one win in nine games this season, Hibs boss John Hughes is under pressure to rediscover the sort of form that won the Leith club a European spot last season. The Perth men are under less scrutiny, although they are a point behind Hibs in the table with four points from their first six games. The St Johnstone manager is looking only for his players to rebound in positive fashion after losing the Tayside derby 1-0 against Dundee United last week - regardless of the opposition. "What we have to so is put in a performance which will win us the three points," McInnes told Press Association Sport. "We always aim to keep the points in Perth no matter who we are playing against. "We know Hibs are a good side and they have lots of talented players. "John Hughes did a fantastic job last season getting them in to Europe and it is just a matter of time before they get the win to kickstart their season and we have to make sure it's not against us. And we have to concentrate on ourselves." McInnes insists his players are just "a fraction away" from finding the sort of form that almost delivered them a top-six spot last season. He said: "I was very pleased with a lot of what we did against Dundee United last week. "But now we have to make sure there is no hangover from that defeat. We have to respond to that positively. "Give United credit. After they scored the game ran away from us. "But even if we had drawn 0-0, I would have still needed to force home to the players that we need to hammer home the advantage when we have it and get the ball in the net. "We are a fraction away from getting it right though and I have every confidence that we can get it right. "We have players all over the pitch who can score goals as we showed last season. "We need to get back to doing that again." Steven Anderson is free to play against Hibs. The defender was booked twice against Dundee United at Tannadice last week but referee Brian Winter failed to send him off. However, an SFA disciplinary committee met and voted for the one-match ban which will see him miss the trip to Inverness in a fortnight. He will also miss the game at Hamilton the week after as his indiscretions at Tannadice took him over the points threshold for a further one-game ban. Scott Dobie and Steven Milne are back after recovering from hamstring and knee injuries respectively. Meanwhile, Hibernian midfielder Liam Miller is determined to atone for their Perth thrashing when they return to McDiarmid Park. "Obviously we had a really hard game there last year, one we haven't really forgotten about," Miller said. "We know it's going to be a really tough game and one we would like to make amends for that really. "We need to go there and produce. You see a hunger there this week in training, the appetite is there, everyone is charging into tackles. We all want to win. We just need to keep going and things will change." Hughes observed this week that his players were fed-up with the negative coverage surrounding the club and were determined to silence their critics. But Miller is simply desperate to enjoy that elusive winning feeling again. "We're not trying to prove anyone wrong," the 29-year-old said. "We just want to win football matches, it's as simple as that. "We have no excuses for it. We've been unlucky at times, but you still need to win. "But I see it in training every day that the quality is there. "The manager has brought in a few new faces and I think as a squad we have learnt from last season." Sol Bamba and Colin Nish are available again after missing the defeat by Celtic through injury. However, Danny Galbraith is expected to miss out after picking up a knee knock. Ian Murray (hip), Darryl Duffy (metatarsal), Merouane Zemmama (knee) and goalkeeper Graham Stack (back) remain out.

Formation:442Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

Formation: 442Manager: John Hughes


  • Peter Enckelman
  • Alan Maybury
  • David MacKay
  • Michael Duberry
  • Daniel Grainger
  • Chris Millar
  • Murray Davidson
  • Jody Morris
  • Jennison Myrie-Williams
  • Sam Parkin
  • Collin Samuel
  • SUBS
  • Graeme Smith
  • Kevin Rutkiewicz
  • Liam Craig
  • Ricky McIntosh
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Marcus Haber
  • Steve May



Match Report

Saints march to victory A second-half header from Liam Craig and an injury-time strike from Marcus Haber earned St Johnstone their second win of the season and heaped yet more pressure on Hibernian's under-fire manager John Hughes. Craig, who Hughes had as a player at Falkirk, sprang from the bench after an hour and effectively snatched all three points for the hosts 15 minutes later. Saints' victory was assured in injury time as substitute Haber ran through to add a second as it ended 2-0. The defeat left Hibs winless since the opening weekend of the season and the boos of the visiting support at the full-time whistle made their feelings clear. St Johnstone's preparations for the match were overshadowed by the fallout from last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Dundee United when defender Steven Anderson was shown two yellow cards by referee Brian Winter but was allowed to remain on the pitch. Despite the eventual one-match ban meted out by the SFA not kicking in until this Thursday and being free to face Hibs, the stopper was notable by his absence from the home line-up. Seeking their first win since mid-August, Hibs were forced to work hard to keep St Johnstone at bay in a strong opening from the hosts. However, it was the visitors who created the first opening in the sixth minute, only for Derek Riordan - seeking his fourth goal in four league games - to miscue his volley from Liam Miller's cross. Within a minute, Saints had registered the first shot on target at the other end, but skipper Jody Morris' volley from the edge of the box was too tame to trouble Hibs keeper Mark Brown. Perth midfielder Murray Davidson headed a looping Jennison Myrie-Williams cross over from point-blank range after climbing high above Brown in the Hibs goalmouth in the 26th minute before Colin Nish headed Riordan's free-kick wide two minutes later. However, after half an hour of tentative sparring, the Perth outfit finally came within a whisker of the opener. Danny Grainger's inswinging free-kick from the right touchline was met forcefully by Michael Duberry but the defender's header crashed back off the crossbar. Seconds later, David Wotherspoon, a former McDiarmid Park ball-boy, waltzed his way past Grainger at the other end but home keeper Peter Enckelman beat down and held at the second attempt the midfielder's shot. The second half began as the first had finished, in disappointing fashion, and when Hibs had the ball in the net after 52 minutes the whistle had long gone for offside against Derek Riordan. On the hour mark, it was St Johnstone's turn to threaten the deadlock. A long ball found its way through to Myrie-Williams on the left side of the penalty area but, after tricking his way past marker Michael Hart, his shot was deflected wide. Six minutes on, substitute Craig almost made an immediate impact but sent his free header from Grainger's left-wing cross three feet too high. With only 18 minutes remaining, it was Hibs' turn to probe for the breakthrough. Hart played a perceptive pass down the line for Wotherspoon and he picked out Riordan but the striker fizzed his shot the wrong side of Enckelman's left-hand upright. And three minutes later, the visitors found themselves behind. Grainger, the provider of virtually every dangerous set-piece for Saints, fired in a corner from the left and Craig stole in front of his marker to power his front-post header high into the net from six yards out. Fellow replacement Haber forced Hibs keeper Brown into a diving save as the McDiarmid Park outfit looked to press home their advantage. The goal left Hibs with little time to work their way back into the game and when skipper Kevin McBride's long-range shot flew high and wide it was clear the visitors had run out of ideas. And, as the game drifted into injury-time, Saints added a second. Enckelman's long kick was allowed to slip through the centre of the Hibs defence by Sol Bamba and late replacement Haber ran onto slot coolly past Brown.

Form Guide

  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Hibernian

Last Meetings

  • Hibernian
  • 1 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 27/02/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 5 - 1
  • Hibernian
  • 17/02/2010
  • Hibernian
  • 3 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 19/09/2009
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 1
  • Hibernian
  • 12/05/2002
  • Hibernian
  • 3 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 02/03/2002
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 0
  • Hibernian
  • 22/12/2001

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

  • S Parkin 2
  • D Grainger 1
  • A Jackson 1


  • D Riordan 3
  • L Miller 1
  • P Hanlon 1


St Johnstone

    • Total goals 12
    • Goals per game 4
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 14
    • Goals per game 6
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins